Dealing With Heartburn

Stop Heartburn

TIPS for night-time heartburn relief.

HEARTBURN is not pleasant for anybody, which is why we’re sharing some ways for you to relieve it and feel better. Some of these are crucial for relieving heartburn during pregnancy, too.

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• Sleep on your left side – experts say this will help reduce nighttime heartburn symptoms.
• Lose weight as heartburn often just gets worse the more you weigh.
• Sleep with your upper body elevated – your throat and stomach are basically at the same level when lying flat.
• Wear loose-fitting clothes – tight clothes, especially near your waist, will just put pressure on your stomach, leading to heartburn.
• Avoid foods that trigger your heartburn such as alcohol, caffeinated drinks, chocolate, garlic, onions, milk, and spicy, greasy or acidic foods.

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• Steer clear of late-night meals or big meals – large meals put pressure on your stomach so try eating a smaller meal in the evening.
• Relax when you eat – don’t be in a hurry to swallow your food as this can produce more stomach acid.
• Stay upright after eating to reduce the risk of acid creeping up your oesophagus.
• Wait to exercise – allow you meal to be digested.
• Chew gum – it encourages the production of saliva, which can soothe your oesophagus and wash acid down into your stomach.
• Quit smoking – it will irritate your GI tract and oesophageal muscles.

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• Talk to your doctor about the medications you take – some could cause or worsen heartburn.

When To See A Doctor?
• If your heartburn doesn’t go away
• If you have trouble swallowing
• If your heartburn causes vomiting
• If you still have heartburn after using antacids for two weeks

Tip
NEVER ignore persistent heartburn. Chat to a medical professional.
Courtesy of www.webmd.com

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